Category: 1 out of 5 Sting Factor

The Enslavement of Janet by Laura Tolomei janet

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Story Rating: 2.5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 1 out of 5

Blurb:

If she thought she’d have it easy, she was dead wrong. Leon Sterling is inflexible when it comes to his slaves, as Sean Davis well knows. Only now, Sean is his fellow master, Leon’s mastery over him having turned to fiery love during the first two books of the ReScue Series, Re-Scue and Tasting Leon’s Mark. So there’ll be no pity for Janet Ramsey, nothing except total surrender will do for her two demanding Doms. But if she’s ready for them, is she also ready for the wolves that her masters will command her to serve?

Review:

This is a short story of 28 pages that belongs in a series best I can tell. And while Janet is named in the title she sure doesn’t have a whole lot of dialogue at all. She does however spend almost the entire time getting fucked by four men. Two of the men are traveling with Janet and the other two are met on the road. It seems that two men are transporting her and they use and abuse her along the way. There is tons of oral sex (m/f and m/m) and fucking Janet in both holes sometimes with two men in the same hole at the same time. Honestly I couldn’t keep the men’s names straight in my head but I don’t think it really even mattered. While this is clearly meant to be hot, hot, hot, to me it left me feeling lukewarm.

Reviewed by Elizabeth 

anisecoverEverything Anise by  Natalie-Nicole Bates

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Story Rating: 2 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 1 out of 5

Blurb:

A Victorian-era vampire living in the modern world, Emigh Bennett’s favorite activity is watching people from the window of her little bookshop. When she spots a woman nearly killed on the street outside her shop, she rushes to her rescue, and she meets Anise.
The proprietress of a little home business called “Everything Anise”, Anise crafts one-of-a-kind perfumes all with a touch of her namesake spice, all with the power to intoxicate and delight the senses. She is smart, sexy, beautiful, and happens to be a little bit different.

Although Anise is everything Emigh could ever ask for and more, she can’t quite figure her out. Anise possesses the duality of an innocent angel and a vivacious vixen. Even if Emigh can ever peel away the multi layers of Anise to uncover the truth beneath, what will happen when she finally reveals the truth about herself?

Review:

This is a short story that really wanted to be longer. The set up feels rushed and the same rushed feeling occurs throughout the story. And while this is a vampire story which is clearly fiction, this short is just so unbelievable. As I read this story I couldn’t help but wonder why the author didn’t expand on this interesting premise and make the story longer. It would have really made this much better.

Reviewed by Elizabeth 

His Perfect One by J.S. Danielle hisperfect

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Story Rating: 2 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 1 out of 5

“His Perfect One” is about the love of a man who has kept it suppressed deep down inside for quite some time. Will his perfect one be just what he needs to bring it out? Devin was a master to women, lover of the female form, until the one closest to him, left him. Angry, antisocial and a bit outspoken, Devin dives headfirst into work, but is leery of all things female. Will he ever find the girl who loves him for him? Aria was the perfect girl next door: intelligent, beautiful, outspoken and feisty. She just needed the right person to bring that out of her. Too bad her first wasn’t it. Tired of being led around, Aria puts her lovelife into the hands of her best friend. . .and that’s not all she gives up! In search of the epitome of love, fate allowed Devin to cross paths with Aria. Together, in search of love, theirs is the perfect one.

Review:

Believe me, Devin has a lot more to work on than being angry, antisocial and a bit outspoken. He tells us that since his mother’s death five years ago, he “hasn’t worked up the nerve to physically fuck a woman.”

Somehow, he is supposedly a very experienced and sought-after Dominant.

Enter Aria, a sexually inexperienced woman who decides in the blink of an eye that she wants to be a sub. Devin sees her after a workout and is so turned on, he gets into a gym shower where he “releases eighteen months of cum.” After the act, memories of his deceased mother again creep in. If you read the book, you’ll lose track of how many times this boy’s mama appears in his thoughts at the most inopportune moments. Talk about an erotic buzz-kill.

Aria is described as a “smart, quick-witted, threateningly domineering but placating woman with long, sleek black hair that’s straighter than any hetero male.” Her friend arranges for her to be presented to potential Doms, and guess who happens to be looking for a sub? Yes, you guessed it! And Devin is so smitten with her, he immediately falls on his knees, pulls her thigh over his shoulder, brings her to orgasm, collars her, and whisks her off to his mansion where he has sex with her repeatedly.

Please understand, I will be the first to say that anyone who has the discipline to sit in a chair and complete an entire book deserves much credit. However, when attempting to write an erotic novel, a character’s mother surely has no place in sex play, yet Devin’s mother may as well have pulled up a chair and watched every time. Also, should you choose to read the book, you will encounter humorous-but-confusing dangling modifiers, and the use of countless cringe-worthy metaphors that have no place in the description of a sexual encounter.

Reviewed by Summer Sterling

 

stealingStealing His Dangling Jewels by James Cox

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Story Rating: 3 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 1 out of 5

Review:

Phoenix is in dire need of money. A lot of money. It’s not for himself, he wants to get his mother into rehab, although it probably won’t do her any good. Phoenix reads about Lucas, a very rich man, thanks to a lottery winning, with his own private island and a genital piercing sporting sapphires and diamonds that has to be worth several thousand dollars. Phoenix conceives a plan to meet and seduce Lucas, steal the jewelry, and get off the island with it. What could possibly go wrong?

“Stealing His Dangling Jewels” is a fast-paced little novelette that doesn’t spend too much time developing its characters. A chapter-length prologue gives us both characters’ essential back-story before the book plunges right into the main event, with Phoenix’s arrival on Lucas’ private island as part of a weekend fundraiser. Yet, despite its short length, the book manages to tick off most of the romance clichés: two people who are practically head-over-heels in love the moment they lay eyes on each other from across a room; a bad boy with a heart of gold; dirty secrets in their pasts; and the seemingly unforgivable act that is nonetheless forgiven.

While the basic plot elements may be familiar, the writing is competent and the main characters are believable. You’re not going to get too much depth from a book this short, but that is one of the advantages to sticking archetypes. Phoenix and Lucas are both likable men despite what they may have done in their pasts.

Kink doesn’t play much of a role in the story. What little kink is depicted is really just a little off vanilla, a Tahitian vanilla, if you will. Just a tiny bit of pain play and a spanking. However, the private — and sometimes not so private — encounters between the two are hot. The scenes also build over the course of the book as well, starting with kisses and not really reaching a full consummation until near the end.

Reviewed by Michael Joseph

Everdene by Melanie Hoskin everdenec

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Story Rating: 3 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 1 out of 5

Blurb:

Nicknamed the ‘Icy Bitch’, Catherine Everdene is an independent career woman who wins over boardrooms using her flirtatious sparkle. Used to being in control, that all changes when she encounters Dillon Oak in the London office. Her seduction of his mind goes astray when he begins to penetrate the cracks in her closely-guarded heart, and she escapes to New York, where her complicated love life really starts to get messy. Her dominating and mischievous behaviour captures the attention of Bill Boldwood, an obsessive CEO with secret fetishes, and charming, but manipulative, alpha-male lawyer, Troy Selgent. Who will eventually win her heart? More to the point, who will survive to win her heart? Set in modern day London, New York and the Dorset countryside, Everdene is based on Thomas Hardy’s original love story, Far from the Madding Crowd. A classic romance, re-told with erotic undertones of domination & submission, Everdene is an emotional journey of love, heartbreak, death and friendship. Ideal reading for fans of classic literature as well as contemporary erotic romance. Excerpts: “Take off your shoes and clothes. I don’t want water dripped everywhere,” she said, just as suddenly as her observation; apparently she didn’t know the courtesy concept – only this freakish one. * * * ‘Maybe a husband-slave has his uses . . . vibrators can’t carry suitcases’ * * * With that her prank was set in motion; awaiting the arrival of Boldwood at work on Monday, and his opening of the hand-written addressed envelope marked ‘Private and Confidential’ that contained a card loaded with a gun of erotic suggestion. * * * Now he didn’t want the job long-term – he just wanted to fix what he’d left unfinished. Dillon was still being the knight in shining armor, only now he was there only to save the people, and not their Queen. * * * “Troy Selgent, but you, my lady, can call me Troy – or anything you like for that matter.” He handed her a business card and smiled, a salacious grin as he emphasized the ‘British lady reference’ and ‘call me anything’ parts. * * * ‘Wow, for a guy, he really is a romantic, sentimental wordsmith.’ * * * “So Neanderthal – I’ve been dragged into your cave,” she replied, rolling her eyes at him. * * * He looked down at the object; Catherine hadn’t stopped him coming into her office, nor had she hurriedly concealed the box – or the contents. Inside was a highly polished wooden object – a strange sort of bow shape with two wing screws at either end. On closer inspection, he saw that the shape was in fact two thinner shapes screwed together, and in the center was a small rectangular hole. He recalled seeing a similar object sitting on a shelf in Mistress Avianne’s basement room back in London. “I don’t know what it is,” said Catherine, looking blankly at him. * * * “Yes, because New York socialite strong-minded women go around with labels saying ‘I whip men for fun’,” replied Liddy sarcastically.

Review:

Please note: This book has a limited review due to the reviewer did not finish this book.

This is a very articulate and well written story. The events are described in detail ( sometimes to much detail ) but for those of you who like places and feelings described in depth you may enjoy this.

Even though the main character is a Dominatrix the action is very slow. If you are new to this kink and not yet ready to jump in feet first this book could introduce you to the possibility of exploring this mind set.

This was not really my kind of book and I was unable to finish the story.

Reviewed by Foxy Loxy

loveLove Beyond Boundaries by Cara Downey

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Story Rating: 1.5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 1 out of 5

Blurb:

“Love knows no boundaries… It doesn’t know the difference between gender, race or social status. This collection of poetry follows the journey of two people, who through ups and downs, never gives up on their happiness or the love they feel for each other.”

Review:

This was sexy and erotic but it would have been better written as a short story. These poems read more like a collection of random thoughts than anything else. There were spelling errors galore and I don’t normally point these out but there were way too many to ignore.

Reviewed by Black Hippie Chick

 

Mistress Bunny and the Cancelled Client by Michael Penkas Mistress Bunny and the Cancelled Client

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Story Rating: 5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 1 out of 5

Blurb:

Life’s hard enough for a working class dominatrix without the occasional murder. After getting dumped by her boyfriend, Mistress Bunny cancels her six o’clock session so that she can cry and drink herself to sleep. When she learns the next day that her client was found dead in his office, shot in the head at the same time she should have been tying him up, she can’t help but feel a little responsible. But when she attends his funeral, Bunny begins to suspect that the gunshot wound wasn’t nearly as self-inflicted as the police believe. Her investigation uncovers a string of “suicides” that don’t begin (or end) with her client … a string where the next mysterious death might be her own. Hounded by a drunk ex-boyfriend, a pissed-off widow, and an office assistant with a hidden agenda, Mistress Bunny finds herself at the center of a mystery and discovers that there are some secrets a man won’t even share with his dominatrix.

Review:

This is an amazingly fun read for a few reasons. It takes place in Chicago, which is my favorite city in the world. The character of Bunny is so entertaining and her “voice” is funnier than hell. The mystery part of this story is well written and leads the reader around for a wild ride. And though Bunny is indeed a dominatrix, there is no graphic sex here at all. In fact, this is quite PG compared to what comes through this review site. But despite the lack of sex this was a great read and definitely worth checking out. I would totally love having Bunny as a friend to hang out with over a dinner to hear her crazy stories.

Reviewed by Elizabeth

The Brewer’s Wife by David Hallwood  thebrewers

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Story Rating: 1 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 1 out of 5

Review:

This ranked as one of the most boring books I ever read. The point of view switches between Dale Ingram and Stella Rigden-Ackeson , who were childhood friends and become lovers when they meet again. Stella is the Brewer’s wife and her relationship with Ingram causes her problems. Both of them are into rubber and bondage, but these are the only BDSM elements in the book.

Eventually, Dale finds someone else to indulge his bondage fantasies How the trio work out their relationship makes up the main part of the book.

Part of the problem with the story is that the language is very British and way too much of the sex scenes are spent with the women shouting unintelligible comments because they are gagged. The scenes themselves are lackluster, with very few specifics and aren’t all that plentiful. There’s also way too much discussion of cricket and other English sports which can be mind-numbing to a non English, non sports fan reader.

Overall, I was underwhelmed and won’t be looking for additional books by the author.

Reviewed by Karen H.

Trysts: Tea Room Queens by Mykola Dementiuk trystscover

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Story Rating: 1 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 1 out of 5

Blurb:

There was a time (and still is) when gay men who frequented public bathrooms looking for sex were known as ‘Tea Room Queens’. There is something exciting about the danger of having sex in a public place, and Mykola Dementiuk tells us all about it. —Amos Lassen

Review:

*Trysts* isn’t a novel in the conventional sense. It has no plot, and no real characters outside of the narrator. Instead, it features one clandestine sexual encounter after another with the nameless and nearly interchangeable men he comes across in New York City restrooms. A few manage to stand out: the crossdresser with his smeared makeup; the sweet-speaking opera tenor; and the daddy who urges him “to just sit there.” Still, the setting takes precedence over all of these. Dementiuk exquisitely portrays the loneliness of a gay male living in oppressive 1960′s in the peeling paint and chipped porcelain of the bathrooms themselves. Here, the smell of disinfectant becomes a balm to the soul, and the scent of urine transforms into an aphrodisiac.

Within the context of a BDSM review site, however, this book has little to offer. While well written, it doesn’t have much of a story per se, and contains little by way of kink. Urination is mentioned frequently simply because of the setting, but watersports don’t come into play. On the other hand, the narrator’s restroom rendezvous are never truly secret. Another man might walk in at any time. In the 1960′s, that could lead to imprisonment, a beating, or worse. Anyone into risky public sex might greatly enjoy this book. Moreover, anyone interested in the gay history of New York will be fascinated.

Reviewed by Ethan X. Thomas

knowing bethKnowing Beth by Kathy O’Rourke

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Story Rating: 4.5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 1 out of 5

Review:

This was an interesting book, with some unexpected twists and turns, well written and an intriguing start for a new author and new series.

Beth is badly injured by her Dom, then thrown out of her house. On her way to her sister’s house to recover, she stops to rest and is rescued by a group of men in a motorcycle club. It turns out the men are all professionals who just like to ride, but most of them are Doms.

Three of the men are attracted to Beth, but the attraction between her and Parker becomes explosive. While the men identify as Doms and Beth as a submissive, the only nod to BDSM activities is a spanking. This could and probably should have been written with Parker as an alpha male, not a Dominant, in spite of his wanting control in the bedroom. The only other quibble is the constant change of point of view. Sometimes we read the same thing several times over from Beth, Parker, and other characters’ points of view. It would have been better with one or maybe two voices, rather than an entire chorus.

I liked Parker: for all his weaknesses, he seemed human and had good intentions. I also liked Beth: when the time came to remove the threat from her past, she didn’t stand by and let others do the dirty work. I’m also looking forward to reading some of the follow-up stories.

Don’t expect any hardcore BDSM here, but the sex scenes are steamy. Do be aware that there is some true abuse, including stabbing, knifing, beating, anal rape and more violence. This book may have some triggers for abuse victims.

Overall, this book is a very promising start for a new author, whose career I will be following with interest.

Reviewed by Karen H